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Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he’s not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

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    Iowabucfan

    I remember when most thought Josh Freeman was a stud. Especially after the 10-6 season. Then he read his press clippings and stop putting the work in (along with other issues). I don’t have that worry with Jameis.
    Go BUcs!

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      76Buc

      I think Winston will throw to DeSean Jackson and not try to morph into Michael Jackson.

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        Iowabucfan

        Only if he scores a touchdown and does the “moon walk”!

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    e

    It’s so strange to hear those word in reference to a Buc QB. I can’t help but think about the future of this team over the next decade and actually getting excited about the playoffs every year. As long as Jameis is healthy, the sky is the limit for this franchise. It’s the long suffering Buc fans’ turn to enjoy the big stage for a while. It was interesting seeing NFL.com ranking the teams by QB strength recently and the NFC was the top division… and Jameis was in last place in the division! Jameis is not going to have Brady’s incredible luck of zero franchise QBs to compete with in his division over his career, but steel will sharpen steel and it’ll just make Jameis that much better down the road.

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    majc32

    Trevor

    I do not think LVD made the top 100 and I thought that was a travesty as well seeing that he was an alternate for the pro bowl. How could there be 100 players better than him?

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      Trevor Sikkema

      Oh wow you’re right. He was on the list the last two years. I just thought he was a no-brainer. Forgot he was snubbed.

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      WiltheBrewer

      Once I saw Evans go (lower than expected), I knew LVD was screwed…

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    Wausa

    Bucky is dead on accurate. Very few people outside of Bucs fans realize how often Jameis would go back to pass and nobody was open because the defense bracketed coverage on Mike Evans and nobody else was open.
    Jameis would scramble in an attempt to get one of his receivers free and often would end up finding Cameron Brate or Mike Evans.

    Jameis and Aaron Rodgers had the top passer rating in the NFL on scramble plays in 2016. Jameis had to scramble simply because it was necessary for a receiver to get open.

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      Naplesfan

      Yup – that also explains why Mike Evans was the most targeted WR in the league last year … basically, Jameis had nobody else to throw to on lots of plays, and Mike used his big body to present a target that most WRs could not offer.

      James is NOT going to have that problem this season.

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    drdneast

    Although I like the draft of OJ Howard, I’m skeptical as a rookie he will set the league on fire with his talent. He will no doubt be a good player this year, but I don’t see him overtaking Cameron Brate in the receiving department.
    What the Bucs need to be a playoff team is for their starting WR’s to stay healthy and for the ground game to produce in the same manner it did in 2015.
    if that happens and the defense plays at the level they did in the second half of the 2016 season, then the playoffs are very reachable.
    Of course it will also help if Winston learns how to quit trying to force the ball into Evans when he gets into trouble and just dumps it off to a back or throws it away.

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    XpfcWintergreen

    Caveat: No two NFL quarterbacks can be compared in all aspects, talent or situations, etc.

    Having said that I invite y’all to check out Brett Favre’s career stats. He too was called a “gunslinger”. His interceptions were all over the place. He had 24 interceptions in his third season. He did not throw for over four thousand yards until his fifth season. (*) See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Favre

    I hope Winston will reduce his interceptions and maintain a consistent level thereafter. I have expectations that he will based on his work ethic.
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    Go Bucs!!!!

    P.S. (*) My understanding was that Favre had to set aside a fondness for booze, just as Sapp similarly had to set aside his fondness for weed during his professional career. I don’t really know the full stories of either one, and I will not spend any more energy to find out.

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